Nelson S. Haws
Founder and CEO, LendGenuity
Nelson has over 30 years of mortgage banking experience as President and CEO of numerous mortgage origination platforms, as a seller/servicer/MBS issuer for Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Ginnie Mae, as well as 10+ years of experience issuing and servicing private label MBS. Serving as a member of the SILs Team for Standard and Poors in 2007, Nelson was instrumental in helping re-package and securitize non-performing mortgage assets during and after the credit crisis. Nelson developed his loan origination software system known today as LendGenuity over a span of two decades marked by heavy regulation and record high origination volumes. Nelson designed LendGenuity as an all digital loan origination platform (LOS) built for mortgage professionals and empowering borrowers with a Point-of-Sale solution (POS) with all the functionality necessary to fulfill the mortgage origination process. As a logical next step, Nelson began to look for ways to leverage the power of the LendGenuity system. Today, the software serves as both the SAAS platform for LendGenuity and the operating system for Block+Sovereign. Nelson graduated with a B.S. from Nova Southeastern University in South Florida and a Six Sigma Master Black Belt Certification from the University of Miami School of Business. Nelson is a former college athlete and served as a Guardian Ad Litum for many years in Florida. Nelson is a big supporter of volunteer and philanthropic work.
Founder and CEO, BlockGen Corp
Bill is Founder and CEO of BlockGen Corp, a holding company with subsidiaries Block+Sovereign, LendGenuity and LoanPIPE. Bill started his career in 1990 as a mortgage banking analyst for TCW in Los Angeles where he worked for nine years. His career progressed over the following 30 years which included senior positions at Merrill Lynch as their lead mortgage banking analyst and Arco Investments as a portfolio manager. Bill left the investment business in 1999 to lead an Internet based mortgage technology start-up which he sold in 2001. Bill returned to the investment business and joined JAM Partners as Director of Research in 2004 where he helped build one of the industry’s best performing financial services hedge funds. Bill and his partner were vocal critics of the mortgage industry in 2006 and were well positioned for the ensuing credit crisis which led to his co-founding JAM’s private equity business. JAM Partners managed roughly $800M in public, private and distressed assets during his ten years at the company. Bill also served for ten years on the Board of Directors of Silvergate Bank, the now leading business bank for digital currency and blockchain companies. Bill is currently the founder of Block+Sovereign, the mortgage industry’s first decentralized blockchain application. Bill also led the Series A investment round for BlockGen Corp serving to capitalize both Block+Sovereign and LendGenuity. Bill graduated with a finance, real estate and law degree from California Polytechnic University in Pomona, California. He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and avid classical guitarist.
As LendGenuity's Chief Technology Officer, Tim brings an extensive background in software development to the company having 17 years experience in programming multiple languages starting with DOS batch scripts and HTML at the age of 8. Tim has worked across every part of the development stack as a software developer from front-end web application and mobile app development to scalable server-side applications and rapid product prototyping while dabbling at times in the arcane field of hand-optimized x86 assembly to hone his cryptography skills. As a child, Tim fell in love with computer programming and quickly picked up multiple programming languages. Tim attended the University of Waterloo computer science program but left early to start a healthcare technology startup where he built and led the software development team and successfully delivered an ambitious, market-leading product. Most recently, Tim built a successful consulting practice in the areas of software security, cryptography and blockchain technology. Notably, Tim's work in security uncovered a critical vulnerability in the widely used JSON Web Token (JWT) security standard leading to an industry-wide response with marketplace leader, Auth0, inaugurating him to their “Security Researcher Hall of Fame” as a result of his work. After Tim’s discovery, he worked with Auth0 to patch all open source libraries across the JWT ecosystem. As a conference speaker, Tim has been invited to speak on numerous topics such as compiler optimization and microarchitectural side channel attacks. In his spare time, Tim enjoys playing acoustic guitar and piano.
Chief Information Security Officer (CISO)
Bringing 15 years of experience, Steven is an industry expert and technical leader in Cyber Security. Steven has dual expertise, holding a Master's Degree in Business Administration (MBA) earned at Florida International University, and a Computer Science & Engineering degree earned at Florida Atlantic University. Since then, he has worked with Fortune 500 companies spanning across Financial, Insurance, Mortgage, Technology, Utilities, Hospitality, and Blockchain industries. Steven is also accredited with most of the elite information technology and security certifications, including CISSP, CEH, CRISC, OSCP, OSWP, CISM, GWAPT, GAWN, AWS Solutions Architect Associate, CCNA, and Six Sigma. Along with his technical and business experience, Steven has proven himself in the cybersecurity community having recently finished 1st Place in the highly recognized "NetWars" Ethical Hacking Competition hosted by SANS in Washington D.C. Steven brings modern technology practices and security assurance to protect our customers’ business operations and data.
SVP, Enterprise Applications
George Peter is a Software Engineer with more than 20 years of experience. He received his Engineering degree from Coimbatore Institute of Technology in India and started his career with Indian software company, Wipro, where we worked as a Software Architect for their largest U.S. retail clients. Over the last 10 years George worked at ResMac Inc, a mortgage bank leader in technology innovation. At ResMac George led the company’s technology division in developing one of the industries fully integrated loan origination, processing, pricing and secondary market systems. George’s passion is in the field of Robotics. George enjoys playing tennis and spending time with his family in his free time.
Michael Hewson has been programming for eight years and most recently worked for Resistor Software as a full stack software engineer. Notably, Michael has contributed to the Rust programming language open source project, one of the fastest growing and desired new languages, making improvements to method dispatch in the Rust compiler. Michael graduated from the University of Waterloo in 2019 with a Bachelor of Computer Science degree.
Dragos has over 8 years of experience working as a senior developer in software development primarily in financial and trading enterprise applications and ecommerce. Dragos recently built from the ground up a client management and onboarding tool for crypto trading. Dragos has worked as a Java trainer and graduated from Technical University in Cluj Romania in 2013.
Vlad is a senior full stack software engineer that brings a breadth of experience to the BlockGen team having worked on projects that include refactoring legacy code applications to currency hedging systems for banks and a trading exchange application for un-listed companies. Vlad received a Bachelor’s degree in computer science in 2014 from Technical University of Cluj, Romania.
Vlad is a senior software developer with proficiencies in Java, Spring, Angular and Mongo technologies. Vlad has worked over the past ten years on projects ranging from algo trading platforms to smart ordering and forex exchange systems. Vlad graduated in 2014 from Technical University in Cluj Romania with a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science.
Lead UX/UI Designer
Derek is a multifaceted Digital Creative Designer and GUI expert. He has over 15 years of industry experience with UX/UI design, visual communication and digital design having worked in this capacity the past 5 years for a mortgage technology company. Derek’s creative talents have suitably found him involved in numerous branding and advertising campaigns as well as layout and design implementations for start-up projects.
Senior UX/UI Designer
Tom is a senior UX/UI designer with over 10 years experience in UX/UI design. Tom has worked on numerous front-end development projects including, most recently, a financial aid request platform and a B2B self-service billing import system. He also has 8 years experience in Web apps design, 5 years on mobile app design and 10 years as a graphic designer. Tom holds a Bachelor’s degree in English Language and Literature and a Master’s degree in Advertising.
Michael Lewis, MBA
SVP, Director of Support
Mike Lewis has over 21 years of experience managing, implementing, supporting, and leading mortgage banking technology teams and systems for clients large and small throughout the country. Before joining the executive team at LendGenuity, Mike implemented and supported mortgage technology systems at places like Flagstar Bank, MDC Holdings, Zions Bancorporation, and FirstBank. He also worked on the software side in Product Management, Professional Services and Support for Mortgage Cadence and, most recently, Ellie Mae’s Encompass. Mike earned a BS degree from Brigham Young University along with an MBA in E-Business from University of Phoenix.
SVP of Business Analytics
Tracy Farber has joined the LendGenuity team as SVP of Business Analytics. Tracy brings more than 24 years of industry and technology expertise including spending more than 12 years at the mortgage industry’s leading technology provider. She held roles such as Manager of Professional Services, Implementation Project Manager, Solutions Sales Engineer and for the past several years as a Principal Business Analyst. Tracy brings a deep knowledge and understanding of the of the mortgage technology industry to LendGenuity’s current initiative.
Tracy earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. She resides in South Florida and enjoys spending time with her husband and their young son.
Anne brings to LendGenuity a combination of over 20 years of progressive experience in the mortgage lending industry (processing, closing, post-closing, and both wholesale and retail sales), combined with over nine years of software industry experience encompassing the complete software development life cycle, including Project management, Product Owner, Scrum Master, Implementation and Business Analysis experience. Anne is skilled at communicating the stakeholder’s vision to the development team and incorporating the vision successfully into an application, as well as leading development teams. Anne has a Master of Science and Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin- River Falls. In addition, Anne possesses certifications as a Project Management Professional (PMP), PMI-ACP (Agile Certified Professional), and CSM (Certified Scrum Master).